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though not very many, and only those who are styled a Pawangs,a pretend to some knowledge in physic as well as to a knowledge of the secrets of nature; but their actual acquisitions in that respect are not so great as is ordinarily reported, and in fact they are very little more clever than the others.1
We are also told that some atribesa of Jakun refused to eat the flesh of elephants, alleging that it would occasion sickness.2
The Malays believe that when a Jakun hates any one, he turns towards his victimas abode, and strikes two sticks together, one upon the other, and that in such a case, no matter how great the distance between them, his victim will fall sick, and even die, should he persevere in this performance for a few days.8
H. W. Lake, in writing of two Jakun who had been brought in very badly mauled by a tiger, remarks that, according to their statement, they had been attacked whilst asleep on a sandbank some distance up the river. One manas scalp - wounds appeared to be of a fatal nature; the other, a youngster, was badly bitten in the fore-arm. Both refused to be treated by a European, and later in the day they could be seen lying in the blazing sun with their wounds well smeared with wood ashes and wrapped in leaves.4
In addition to the foregoing, an account of ceremonial fire-making among the Jakun is given in Vaughan-Stevens:a
1 Logan in J\ /. A. vol. ii. p. 251. imply totemism. Cp. p. 260, ante.
2 Ann. P. F. xxii. 303. The word 3 voj# n p. 274.
atribe a here doubtless merely signifies 4 H. W. Lake in J. R. A. S., S. B.
a local group, and the fact does not No. 25, pp. 3, 4.a local group, and the fact does not No. 25, pp. 3, 4.